I had the opportunity to speak Monday afternoon with the CEO of Mandriva, François Bancilhon. Recently, a deal with the Nigerian government to use and install Mandriva Linux on 17,000 Intel Classmate PCs was derailed when the government decided to overwrite the installed operating system with Windows XP. Mr. Bancilhon wrote about this issue in a highly publicized “Open Letter to Steve Ballmer.” I wanted to follow up with him and get his take both on this deal and on larger issues related to the adoption of open source software in emerging markets.

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